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J. August Richards Brings His A-Game To 'Arrow'

Published on NewsOK Published: April 23, 2013

For four years, J. August Richards played Charles Gunn, Angel's ass-kicking right-hand man. And while Angel, the show, has been off the air for eight years, every day still feels like the show's heyday thanks to omnipresent repeats and The Whedonverse's super passionate fans.

Although Richards wonders if people will be as willing to approach him after they see this week's Arrow, featuring the actor playing Mr. Blank, a mysterious new character with a strong sociopathic streak. Richards tells ETonline that the chance to mix things up was just one reason he jumped at the chance to guest star on TV's most action-packed hour!

ETonline: Arrow is known for its mysterious characters, but yours takes the cake. All press knows is his name. So, who is Mr. Blank?
J. August Richards: [laughs] My whole life is shrouded in mystery these days -- and even after you see the episode, there will still be mystery. When I got the part, I was really fascinated by the amount of blanks, forgive the pun, that I had to fill in. I worked really hard with the director to find the tone of the character, and once we figured it out, I had a blast with it. Mr. Blank is hired to keep a couple of witnesses quiet. That's how his path crosses with Oliver. I will say that it's a character I've never played before, and it was such a compliment because the role was offered to me. But I did wonder what I had done before that would make someone think I was right for this part because it's so dark and so villainous. I hope my friends still like me after they've seen it.

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